Since the arrival of the Qatari owners at PSG, many stars have come to Paris, bringing glory, goals and trophies. But also problems and big egos. Management has had to tame the situation with several fines.
Since 2011, several world-class stars have passed through PSG. Neymar, Mbappé, Messi, Hakimi, Cavani, Di María, Icardi, Ramos, Verrati, Ibrahimovic, Beckham, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Pastore or Lavezzi are probably the most prominent.
All these players bring glory, goals, trophies won (only on home soil) to the club, but besides all the good things, they also bring the bad things. PSG does target big stars who often have big egos and like to do things their own way.
At the same time they often have problematic surroundings, be it family or agents who like to interfere.
Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc, Unai Emery, Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino and most recently Christopher Galtier have all tried to align the stars and create a functioning team. All without success. All the coaches have had successive problems in the cabinet, which have had to be addressed by the management.
The latest case is Lionel Messi. The Argentine star played 90 minutes in Sunday’s 1: 3 defeat to Lorient and subsequently the PSG players had two days off. But Galtier cancelled the time off after the defeat and ordered Monday’s training session.
However, despite the coach’s ban and without the club’s approval, Messi flew to Saudi Arabia to perform his contractual duties as an ambassador for Saudi tourism.
The PSG management was infuriated by Messi’s actions and decided to suspend the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner for two weeks and also slap him with a hefty fine, the amount of which is not yet known. But let’s take a look at other instances where the Parisian management had to intervene with a fine.
In 2019, another star was the target of a fine. Kylian Mbappé failed to show up for coach Thomas Tuchel’s tactical meeting before the match against Marseille. In the end, according to L’Equipe, he only arrived just before the end and was fined 180,000 euros (about 4.2 million crowns).
The late Rabiot
Adrién Rabiot is a bit of a repeat offender. He has only been fined once for late arrival. He falls into the category of players with difficult surroundings, because his mother is his agent and negotiating with her is not easy. Because of his reluctance to renew his contract, Rabiot has spent several games in the stands.
When Rabiot was playing for PSG, he was fined 15,000 for being late for a reunion 3 months in a row. In 2019, he was also fined for a ‘like’ on Instagram. After crashing out of the Champions League with Manchester United, he gave a ‘like’ to a post by Patrice Evra celebrating United’s progress. Rabiot was docked a week’s wages.
Marco Verratti hasn’t been without problems at PSG either. At the end of 2018, he was stopped by the police one morning and subjected to a breath test, which came out positive. PSG punished him by deducting a month’s salary.
Cavani and Lavezzi absent
That South American players return to the club a little later after New Year’s Eve is not unusual. After all, they like to go on holiday with their families or friends for a few days and miss the reunion at the club.
This happened in 2015 to Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi, who arrived four days later than they should have after New Year’s. They were fined a hefty financial penalty, spent the next two games only in the stands and trained separately from the rest of the team.
“This is unacceptable and unacceptable. When you put your personal life before the collective, you put the collective at risk,” Laurent Blanc complained at a press conference at the time.
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